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It was me all along : a memoir

Mitchell, Andie.

BIO MITCHEL MITCHEL

I picked this up from the New Book display because of the irresistible photo on the cover. The author, Andie, was raised by an unemployed, tremendously overweight father who spent his days bingeing on TV, food and alcohol. Andie was approaching 300 pounds on her 20th birthday when she realized she had to figure out a new way to relate to food. She shares with complete honesty and vulnerability all the crazy approaches she tried, until she became slim and stunningly beautiful halfway through college. It was very upsetting to her to experience how people treated her like someone different, attracting attention, respect, envy, praise, none of which she'd ever known before. Andie shares so much insight into the psychology of eating disorders. I felt like I was spending time with a dear friend the whole time I was reading it.

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Someone

McDermott, Alice, author.

FIC MCDERMO

This book received several starred reviews, and the author is one I've wanted to read. It's the story of Marie, growing up in an Irish Catholic family in 1930s Brooklyn, from childhood to old age, but told in a non-linear pattern. Marie's older brother is more disciplined, a brilliant scholar, dedicated to becoming a priest, but after becoming ordained loses his faith. Marie's first love ends in heartbreak, but later comes marriage and children, the death of her parents, and changes in her neighborhood. McDermott writes beautifully and sympathetically without any false nostalgia or sappiness. A lovely book.

Suggested by Ruth


Vertigo 42 : a Richard Jury mystery

Grimes, Martha.

FIC GRIMES

Don't be fooled by the cover-- this book is not as hard-edged as it might suggest. Martha Grimes continues her Richard Jury mysteries, and the cover must be due to a few fond references to the Hitchcock film, "Vertigo". However, this book is in her usual funny, leisurely-paced style, featuring the handsome & witty Jury, who must track down the children (well, grown adults now that it's 22 years later) who attended a birthday gathering at which one child suffered a fatal fall. The woman hosting the party fell to her death 5 years later-- also ruled accidental, due to vertigo. But were they really accidents?

suggested by Ruth


A spool of blue thread

Tyler, Anne.

CD FIC TYLER

The book starts out with a wonderfully comic scene in which an estranged son calls his middle-aged parents with a startling personal revelation. The father replies with what is basically a noncommittal grunt, while the wife rages at her husband for being uncaring. In a few pages, the reader is told the backstory, and realizes that the father's response was more appropriate, as the son's story is one more hare-brained false start in a long series. To me, this sets the stage for the whole novel, as characters from three generations are introduced, then gradually revealed to be someone quite different. One of Anne Tyler's very best.

Suggested by Ruth


God is disappointed in you

Russell, Mark, 1932-

220 RUSSELL

I'm sorry, but I find humorous takes on the Bible very funny. (I think the funniest thing I've ever read was Simon Rich's comic piece on an imagined conversation between Jacob and Isaac, "The Ride Back to Beersheba"-- after Isaac is nearly killed at knifepoint by his dad.) Anyhow, for those of you who love irreverent humor, this is your book. Fans on amazon.com say it's "almost cathartic", "actually very informative", "thought-provoking", but most of all, "hilarious".

Suggested by Ruth


Audrey at home : memories of my mother's kitchen with recipes, photographs, and personal stories

Dotti, Luca, 1970- author.

791.4302 DOTTI

For all of the Audrey Hepburn fans out there, this collection of recipes, anecdotes, photos and correspondence will make you feel like you have been invited into her home for a delicious meal with her famous friends and family.

Suggested by Jane


The book of speculation

Swyler, Erika.

FIC SWYLER

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone in the Long Island family home, perched on the edge of a bluff that is crumbling into the sea. His younger sister, Enola, who works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards, is about to make a rare visit home. On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller, filled with the history of a traveling circus, carnival mermaids and the legacy of a curse that foretells the drowning of his family members. Could Enola be next? In order to save her, and perhaps himself, Simon must decode the mystery before July 24th - the date that each of the women in the book have mysteriously drowned - including Simon's mother. This haunting tale of books, love, loss and changing fate will keep you up all night.

Suggested by Jane


The glass arrow

Simmons, Kristen, author.

TEEN SIMMONS

Stolen from her home and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family. Her only allies are a loyal wolf she's raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom ... if she can truly trust him. Kristen Simmons is a gifted world builder and her characters will resonate with readers, making them ask for more. This is a good read for fans of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent".

Suggested by Jane


The perfect egg : a fresh take on recipes for morning, noon, and night

Fisher, Teri Lyn.

641.675 FISHER

This unusual cookbook features a dazzling, delicious variety of globally influenced dishes - all inspired by the egg. From Blackberry Stuffed Croissant French Toast to Hot and Sour Soup, Poached Yolk-Stuffed Ravioli to Creamy Lemon Curd Tart, more than seventy recipes offer a fresh take on this most humble ingredient.

Suggested by Jane


Daughters of the samurai : a journey from East to West and back

Nimura, Janice P., author.

920.72 NIMURA

In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, three of these unusual ambassadors-- Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda-- grew up as typical American schoolgirls and became celebrities, their travels feted by newspapers across the nation. Ten years later, they returned to a much changed Japan to revolutionize women's education.

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Magonia

Headley, Maria Dahvana, 1977- author.

TEEN HEADLEY

Aza Ray Boyle's life has been defined by her friendship with Jason and her multiple hospitalizations and ongoing medical care due to a rare lung disease. Just before her sixteenth birthday, in the moment of dying, she is swept up into the sky-bound world of Magonia and discovers her true identity as a sky pirate who is prophesied to change the fate of her people. This is a unique and intriguing fantasy crafted by a masterful writer.

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Carrying Albert home : the somewhat true story of a man, his wife, and her alligator

Hickam, Homer H., 1943- author.

FIC HICKAM

Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). When Buddy headed for New York, Elsie eventually found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer. Unfulfilled as a miner's wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert that she raised in the only bathroom in the house. This fictional story based on actual events will have you laughing late into the night.

Suggested by Jane


Jimmy Bluefeather : a novel

Heacox, Kim, author.

FIC HEACOX

Old Keb Wisting is around ninety-five years old and in constant pain. He wants to die. Part Norwegian and part Tlingit Native, he is the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident, he tells Old Keb that he has nothing left to live for. Old Keb comes invites the young man to help finish his last canoe. Together, they embark on a great canoe journey full of adventure, reconciliation and love.

Suggested by Jane


Twain & Stanley enter paradise

Hijuelos, Oscar, author.

FIC HIJUELO

Gifted author, Oscar Hijuelos, imagines the historic sojourn of journalist-explorer Henry Stanley, his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant, and Mark Twain, Stanley's longtime friend, as they head for Cuba in search of Stanley's father.

Suggested by Jane


Wine folly : the essential guide to wine

Puckette, Madeline, author.

641.22 PUCKETT

A graphically pleasing, hip guide to wine for aspiring wine drinkers, from the sommelier creators of the award-wining site WineFolly.com. This book provides an appealing introduction to selecting wines for every occasion.

Suggested by Jane


2,100 Asanas : the complete yoga poses

Lacerda, Daniel (Yoga teacher).

613.7046 LACERDA

This beautifully designed book is a must-read for yoga enthusiasts of all levels and every practice. It features the most complete collection of yoga Asanas ever photographed, meticulously organized, from easiest to most difficult. Every pose is accompanied by the name of the pose in English and Sanskrit, a description of the modification, the Drishti point (eye gaze), the chakras affected and its benefits.

Suggested by Jane


Lagoon

Okorafor, Nnedi, author.

FIC OKORAFO

A biologist, a famous rapper, and a rogue soldier become the honor guard and interpreter of humanity's first contact with an alien ambassador in this thriller that combines magician realism and seemingly end-of-the-world high tension.

Suggested by Dawn


Little century : [a novel]

Keesey, Anna, 1962-

FIC KEESEY

In the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, Esther Chamber is met by her distant cousin, a laconic cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett. But this town on the edge of civilization is in the midst of a very real range war in a story of dispossession, greed, and ecstatic visions of America.

Suggested by Dawn


Oyster war

Towle, Ben, author, illustrator.

FIC TOWLE

In the coastal town of Blood's Haven, the economy runs on oysters. Oyster farming is one of the most lucrative professions, but also the most dangerous. Not just from the unforgiving ocean and its watery depths-there are also oyster pirates to worry about! Commander Davidson Bulloch and his motley crew are tasked with capturing these ne'er-do-wells-but they don't know that Treacher Fink, the pirates' leader, possesses a magical artifact that can call forth a legendary spirit with the power to control the sea and everything in it!

Suggested by Dawn


Unabrow : misadventures of a late bloomer

LaMarche, Una, author.

306.8743 LAMARCH

Una LaMarche has written a hilarious take on coming of age by doling out all the advice she wishes her own mother had given her about everything, from how to take care of her unibrow to how to avoid the most common faux pas in the Facebook age.

Suggested by Dawn


Secondhand souls

Moore, Christopher, 1957- author.

FIC MOORE

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone, or something, is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat puppet" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.

Suggested by Dawn


The fifth season

Jemisin, N. K.

FIC JEMISIN

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes -- those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon -- are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

Suggested by Dawn


Girl walks into a bar-- : comedy calamities, dating disasters, and a midlife miracle

Dratch, Rachel.

BIO DRATCH DRATCH

The former Saturday Night Live comedienne recounts her midlife career slump, long-distance relationship, and unplanned motherhood, which culminated in uproarious childcare activities and the bewilderment of friends and family members.

This title is also available in OverDrive eAudio and 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina


Heroes are my weakness

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth, author.

FIC PHILLIP

A down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows finds herself trapped on a remote island off the coast of Maine with a sexy horror novelist who knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. The formula of Phillips' novels--quirky heroine meets up with brooding/reclusive/seemingly-emotionally-distant hero and quippy banter follows--feels as fresh and fun as the first one and always entertains.

This title is also available in audio CD, OverDrive eAudio and OverDrive and 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina


The start of me and you

Lord, Emery, author.

TEEN LORD

Paige Hancock starts junior year with a list of ways to take back her life, rather than spending another year as "The Girl Whose Boyfriend Drowned," and finding out that Ryan Chase, her long-term crush, is available again might be the key. This book is full of realistic characters and friendships plus a really neat teacher.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina


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